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Book Title: The Pedant in the Kitchen|
The author of the book: Julian Barnes
Date of issue: January 1st 2003
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ISBN 13: 9781843542391
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Ah Mr Barnes, I've said it before and I'll say it again... you definitely have a way with words! And could you by any chance also have a way with food, albeit a pedantic one?
You say: "Why should a word in a recipe be less important than a word in a novel? One can lead to physical indigestion, the other to mental.” Why indeed, and there is certainly no mental indigestion here. With erudition, a nifty turn of phrase and some quirky wit you turn this literary meal into a banquet of delights.
You even have me pegged: "Non-pedants frequently misunderstand pedants and are inclined to adopt an air of superiority. ‘Oh, I don’t follow recipes,’ they will say, as if cooking from a text were like making love with a sex-manual open at your elbow. Or: ‘I read recipes, but only to get ideas.’" Yes, that's right, I have a zillion cookbooks, but I don't use them. Any recipe attempted from any cookbook is sure to flop (could it be because I'm too impatient/lazy to measure/follow the rules?), so I guess and I invent. Should measuring be an absolute necessity, I call upon my husband who has a mathematical/chemistry bent. I haven't killed off any dinner guests yet...
There was nodding and much laughter whilst reading your book. Thank you for that pleasure!
P.S. Your tiroir des refusés seems to be a duplicate of my own!
Photo of my cookbook bookcase in the kitchen (there is also a shelf of "no" cookbooks in my study: no sugar, no dairy, no wheat, no chocolate, no alcohol, no carbs, no calories, no taste - no, no, no!!!):
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Read information about the authorJulian Patrick Barnes is a contemporary English writer of postmodernism in literature. He has been shortlisted three times for the Man Booker Prize--- Flaubert's Parrot (1984), England, England (1998), and Arthur & George (2005), and won the prize for The Sense of an Ending (2011). He has written crime fiction under the pseudonym Dan Kavanagh.
Following an education at the City of London School and Merton College, Oxford, he worked as a lexicographer for the Oxford English Dictionary. Subsequently, he worked as a literary editor and film critic. He now writes full-time. His brother, Jonathan Barnes, is a philosopher specialized in Ancient Philosophy.
He lived in London with his wife, the literary agent Pat Kavanagh, until her death on 20 October 2008.
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